In 1959 the Dalai Lama escaped to India from Tibet. Since that time tens of thousands of Tibetans have found asylum in India. Clement Town, is a Tibetan district of Dehradun.
In 2007, I visited the World Peace Stupa in Dehradun and spent an afternoon at there with Rageev Tyagi, a fellow yogi. Marvelous wall paintings in pure gold, illustrate the life of Lord Buddha. It took 50 artists three years to paint the walls. Every floor has a Buddha effigy and Gurupadmasambhava’s statue, highlighting the essence of Indian Buddhism.
The stupa remains a landmark seed for my artwork influencing how I see and interpret repetitive images and the sacredness of the human container. The Yoga Stupa Exhibit at Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston, (see my website for images) was directly inspired by the sense-around experience of being in the Clement Town Stupa.
Buddha says: All relative and ultimate happiness of sentient beings results through the understanding of the interdependency of cause and effect.
In addition to having the world tallest stupa, the town now houses Ngagyur Nyingma College, one of the largest Buddhist institutes in India.
What inspires me? Being human. I build sculptures that echo old things, re-mythologizing and re-consecrating the subjects, mostly figurative. Life moves so fast and we are all starving for human experience and relationships. Art is a way to stop an look around, both for the maker and the viewer.